Many private hospitals have reported an increase in viral infections among children.
What’s happening? Doctors in private hospitals say there’s an increase in viral infections among children with fever, cold, and cough as the main symptoms. There was also an increase in dengue cases among children in the wake of the rainy spell. Some children also have conjunctivitis, which is highly contagious and spreads quickly within households.
- Doctors say there’s a need to keep houses and their surroundings mosquito-free. With the post-rainfall period, it’s essential to ensure kids have clean drinking water and hygienic food.
- At the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, doctors said they were seeing a usual pattern of children with colds and coughs.
Experts speak: Janani Sankar from the Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital said they have six to seven children with dengue. She also said there are cases of gastroenteritis and typhoid. Deepa Easow from MGM Healthcare said there’s also an increase in cases of diarrhoea.